Black American History and the British Messiah

Mary Sutton Arts & Entertainment, News

Blackness in film is a century-old topic that grew more complex over time. It initially focused on the exclusion of Black actors, which turned to the exclusion Black actresses, and now it focuses on the exclusion of Black films in general. These movies chronicle the lives of both real and fictional Black people, and some of the greatest examples come …

Awkwafina’s Blaccent

Natalie Baltimore Arts & Entertainment, News

Awkwafina is a peculiar actress to say the least. Best known for her roles in Oceans 8, The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians, and Jumanji, her rise to fame began with her rap career once her song “My Vag” went viral on Youtube in 2012. Nora Lum, (Awkwafina’s real name) was raised in Queens (New York City) by her Chinese-American father, …

Grapevine Podcast Special Feature: Conversations on LGBTQ+ Media & “Slag Wars” Premiere Commentary

Leilani Fu’Qua Archive, Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Lifestyle, World

This week’s podcast features Nommo staff members, Leilani Fu’Qua and Foluke Salami, and special student guests, Jack Angel and Sarah Isen, as they dive into queer representation in television and provide juicy commentary on the “Slag Wars: The Next Destroyer” premiere. “Slag Wars” is a new reality TV style competition where internet personalities and adult film actresses Rebecca Moore and …

Some words over coffee with Jordan Hawkins

Daniella Hagopian Arts & Entertainment, Culture

This post has been edited for clarity. D: How long have you been doing music? Do you remember when you wrote your first song? J: It’s been a long time. I grew up singing in the church. I picked up piano, then guitar. I started writing around 12 years old. D: Who’d you grow up listening to? J: Erykah Badu, …